Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
This statement is made in line with s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out our actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our businesses and to put steps in place aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking within our own businesses and supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the 2018 financial year.
Organisational Structure and Supply Chains
This statement covers the activities of the following companies in the “Group”:
- Alliance Automotive UK LV Limited
- Alliance Automotive UK CV Limited
- Alliance Automotive Procurement Limited
- Group Auto Union UK & Ireland Limited
- Apec Braking Limited
- BTN Turbo Limited
- Ferraris Piston Service Limited
- Platinum International Limited
- United Aftermarket Network Limited
The nature of the business of the group of companies is the distribution and wholesale of automotive aftermarket parts, consumables, maintenance, accessories and retail products. The group operates in a number of locations across the United Kingdom.
As a group we do not carry out detailed checks to test suppliers’ compliance with Company standards against trafficking and slavery throughout the entirety of their own supply chain. The group does, however, require suppliers to certify that they comply with our Supplier Guidelines and Requirements; these Guidelines and Requirements include the need to make sure that their own chains are compliant and the results of that certification are audited. Contracts will be terminated as soon as possible if a supplier breaches the Guidelines.
The Group only employs people who are allowed to legally work in the United Kingdom. The Group have processes in place to ensure that employees eligibility to work status is validated in line with current legislation. There is a further statement contained within the staff handbook which makes it clear that human trafficking and slavery is an offence and therefore unacceptable. Violation of these policies by any employee could result in disciplinary action and potentially dismissal.
The Group only uses reputable employment agencies to source labour; it always verifies the practices of any new agency it is using before accepting the provision of labour.
Communication and training:
As well as our employees being aware of our position on modern slavery and human trafficking, those employees who deal with suppliers or are in a position of management are required to familiarise themselves with the Modern Slavery Act in more detail. We review this statement and our Supplier Guidelines and Requirements regularly and any updates are notified throughout the Group.
High Risk Activities
There are no activities within the Group that are considered to be at high risk of slavery or human trafficking. Through the Supplier Guidelines and Requirements the Group aims to make sure that all suppliers report on their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Actions will be taken in the event of a breach of these Guidelines.
a. Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement: This is the responsibility of the Managing Director. This statement is reviewed annually and reissued in March of each year, with the most recent version published on the company websites.
b. Policies: The Human Resources Team in general are responsible for making sure that all Company policies are fully compliant with UK employment legislation and that all policies are reviewed at least every two years. All policies are available to the Company’s employees via the Company intranet or hard copy.
c. Investigations: It will be the responsibility of the Human Resources Director to ensure that any concerns raised will be investigated and appropriate action or learning supported as required.
This statement has been approved by the Managing Directors who will annually review and update.